7 Seconds (song)

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"7 Seconds"
7 seconds.jpg
Single by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry
from the album The Guide (Wommat) and Man
B-side "Mame Bamba"
Released 7 June 1994
Format 12" vinyl, CD single, CD maxi
Recorded Power Station, Stockholm, Power Play Studios, New York[1]
Genre World, trip hop, afrobeat
Length 5:07
Label Chaos Recordings / Columbia
Songwriter(s) Neneh Cherry, Youssou N'Dour, Cameron McVey, Jonathan Sharp
Producer(s) Christian Falk,[2] Booga Bear, Jonny Dollar
Youssou N'Dour singles chronology
"Shaking the Tree"
(1989) Shaking the Tree1989
"7 Seconds"
(1994) 7 Seconds1994
"So Many Men"
(2002) So Many Men2002
Neneh Cherry singles chronology
"Buddy X"
(1993) Buddy X1993
"7 Seconds"
(1994) 7 Seconds1994
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1995) Love Can Build a Bridge1995
Music video
"7 Seconds" on YouTube

"7 Seconds" is a song composed by Youssou N'Dour, Neneh Cherry, Cameron McVey and Jonathan Sharp. It was released in 1994 as a single performed by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry. It achieved much success, reaching the top chart position in numerous countries. It also won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song of 1994.[3]

Recording[edit]

All instruments on the single were produced and arranged by Swedish music producer Christian Falk, who also played bass on the track.[2] It was included on Neneh Cherry's album Man (1996). The song is trilingual as N'Dour sings in 3 languages: French, English and the West African language Wolof. Cherry sings only in English.[4] The song also appeared on N'Dour's album, The Guide (Wommat), released shortly after the single.

The title and refrain of the song refers to the first moments of a child's life; as Cherry put it, "not knowing about the problems and violence in our world".[5]

Music video[edit]

The black and white music video was directed by Stéphane Sednaoui.[6] It features people of different ethnicities walking by while the two are singing. When they sing the chorus, different kinds of people's faces appear.

Chart performance[edit]

7 Seconds reached the top three in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Russia and Poland, and climbed to the top position in France, Switzerland, Finland, Iceland and Italy. It stayed at No. 1 for 16 consecutive weeks on the French Singles Chart,[7] which was the record for the most weeks at the top at the time. The single also remained at the top position on the Italian Singles Chart for nine consecutive weeks in the autumn of that year.[8]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD maxi
  1. "7 Seconds" – 4:10
  2. "Mame Bamba" by Youssou N'Dour – 4:57
  3. "7 Seconds" (R & B to the hip hop drop mix) – 6:24
  4. "7 Seconds" (Dub Mix) – 6:07
  • CD maxi (7 June 1994)
  1. "7 Seconds" – 4:10
  2. "Life (Adouna)" by Youssou N'Dour – 4:57
  3. "7 Seconds" (R & B to the hip hop drop mix) – 6:24
  4. "7 Seconds" – 6:07
  • CD maxi (7 June 1994)
  1. "7 Seconds" (radio edit) – 4:06
  2. "Life (Adouna)" by Youssou N'Dour – 4:02
  3. "7 Seconds" (R & B to the hip hop drop mix) – 6:23
  4. "7 Seconds" (dub mix) – 6:07
  • UK CD single (660508-2)
  1. "7 Seconds" (radio edit)
  2. "7 Seconds" (LP version)
  3. "7 Seconds" (new old mix)
  4. "7 Seconds" (dub mix)
  5. "7 Seconds" (hip hop mix)
  • US CD single (Chaos/Columbia 42K 77482)
  1. "7 Seconds" (album version) – 5:07
  2. "7 Seconds" (new old mix) – 5:44
  3. "7 Seconds" (hip hop mix) – 6:24
  4. "7 Seconds" (dub mix) – 6:08
  5. "Mame Bamba" by Youssou N'Dour – 5:00

Charts and sales[edit]

References[edit]

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